South Africa may limit the use of public amenities to the people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the health minister said.
While a decision hasn’t been taken, it is being discussed by government, Joe Phaahla, the minister, said in the national council of provinces in parliament on Tuesday. The department of labour & employment has already given directives allowing employers to make the decision on whether to make vaccination a requirement, he said.
“The opinion we are getting from legal people is that once there is sufficient coverage, we should be able to arrive at the stage where we can actually make demands even at public amenities,” he said.
“You can’t have your cake and eat it. You have the right to not have a vaccination, but you have no right to endanger the lives of other people.”
So far about six million of the country’s roughly 40 million adults have been fully vaccinated. — Reported by Antony Sguazzin and Paul Vecchiatto, (c) 2021 Bloomberg LP